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Head of Burma military junta in Vietnam
Burma's military leader Senior General Than Shwe has arrived in Vietnam for a three-day official visit. Foreign ministry officials say the general and his wife arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai international airport by special jet. Earlier in the week, the ministry said the meeting was aimed at "promoting...
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Thai embassy worker sacked
Bangkok, March 14: The Immigration Service has sacked an official at New Zealand's embassy in Thailand over a cash-for-visas scam involving Cambodian nationals. The official was suspended last month while an investigation was held into the issuing of student and visitor visas to Cambodians. The Im...
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Russia ready to adopt account trade with Thailand
Bangkok, Mar 14 (TNA): Commerce Minister Adisai Bodharamik yesterday disclosed Russia was ready to adopt the account trade with Thailand to boost bilateral trade of the two countries. Speaking after meeting with representatives of the Thai-Russian Trade Association, the minister said he was infor...
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Hydro Project: PM backs damming of Salween - Acknowledges environmentalists "would not be happy"
By Watcharaphong Thongrung Bangkok, March 14: Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra yesterday gave the first public indication of government support for the proposed hydroelectric dams on the Salween River, saying they had to go ahead despite widespread opposition. Although the dams raise concerns ab...
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Shans sorry they missed the Princess
March 14: Shans on the Chinese border regretted they were not able to welcome Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn in person when she arrived there on 11 March, according to sources in northern Shan State. "The authorities ordered all the buildings on the road closed", said a businesswoman in Muse (pro...
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Exiled Myanmar group calls for release of ailing prisoners
Chinag Mai, March 14: An exiled Myanmar rights group called on the United Nations Thursday to pressure Yangon’s military rulers to release more than 100 ailing political prisoners held throughout the country. The All Women Movement Committee of Burma (AWMCB) said in a statement to the United Natio...
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Sri Lanka banks on Indian oil in case of war in Iraq
Colombo, March 14: India has offered to supply Sri Lanka’s oil requirements in the event of any disruption caused by a war in Iraq, a senior government minister said Thursday. “A war in the Middle East is going to have very serious repercussions for us. A lot has to do with oil supplies,” governme...
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Norway envoy shuttles to keep Tigers talking
By Amal Jayasinghe Colombo, March 14: Norwegian officials travelled to northern Sri Lanka Thursday to salvage the peace process as the sinking of a Tamil Tiger ship cast doubt over talks due to open in Japan next week. Norway’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vidar Helgesen left for the rebel-held Wanni...
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Prabhakaran abstains from talks, Norway at pains to keep peace
Colombo, (PTI), March 13: Adding uncertainty to Sri Lankan peace process, LTTE Chief V Prabhakaran did not meet a Norwegian Minister who flew in to salvage the next round of talks in Japan after the rebels hinted at pulling out following the sinking of one of their vessels by the Navy. Norway's...
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Time to opt for war or peace — PM
by Cyril Wimalasurendre The Island -Kandy: — At this crucial moment we have to decide whether we are going back to the nasty war again sacrificing lives of the youth of this country or whether we are going to save the lives of the youth and develop the country through the path of peace, observed...
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Security tightened in Delhi after Mumbai blast
New Delhi, Mar 14 (IANS) Police in the Indian capital have intensified security at all public places, especially railway stations, bus stands and markets, following a bomb blast in Mumbai that killed 11 people. Delhi Police officials said terror groups have changed their strategy and are now looki...
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Mizo CM meets Issac Swu, other insurgent leaders
Aizwal, (PTI), March 14: Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga had a meeting with NSCN(I-M) leader Issac Chishi Swu and other insurgent leaders of the northeast in Bangkok and said today he was optimistic that the Centre-Naga peace process would continue smoothly and dialogue with other rebels would...
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Sri Lanka to set up unit to handle Muslim issues in peace process
Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 14: The government plans to set up an office to address Muslim issues in Sri Lanka's north and east as part of efforts to broker a lasting peace on the island, a senior official said Friday. Sri Lanka's minority Muslims worry that their rights may be overlooked if...
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European truce monitors rush to complete inquiry into Sri Lanka naval clash
By Shimali Senanayake - Associated Press Writer Colombo, Sri Lanka, (AP), March 14: European monitors supervising Sri Lanka's cease-fire said Friday they hoped to complete their inquiry into a deadly clash between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels ahead of upcoming peace talks. Navy sail...
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Tigers end Sri Lanka peace talks stand off
Colombo, (PTI), March 14: Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas today ended uncertainity over their participation at next week's peace talks and prepared to leave for Japan Sunday, Tamil sources said today. The rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had earlier raised doubts about their part...
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Kite festival in Songkhla to start on Saturday
Songkhla, Mar 14 (TNA): This weekend, the southern province of Songkhla will be colorful with various kites flying over the blue sky, as it is time for an aerial gathering to kick off. Uthit Chuchuay, Songkhla mayor said that the 7th Kite Contest would be staged during March 15-16 on the famous S...
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Burmese refugees in Thailand - €0.5 million for basic food basket and cooking fuel.
European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO), Belgium has decided to grant Burmese refugees in Thailand - €0.5 million for basic food basket and cooking fuel. Myanmar (Burma) has been affected by civil unrest since 1988 and during this time; the number of refugees along the Thai/Myanmar bor...
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Cow urine is patent-proof
By M. Rajendran - The Telegraph New Delhi, Feb. 21: Raghuvansh Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal today put the Lok Sabha in a flap with a demand that the government patent cow's urine before anyone else gets to it. "Sorry sir, urine of cow, the Vedas, ayurveda, gayatri mantra, neem, basmati rice...
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Top JeM Commander killed in Noida
New Delhi, (PTI), March 12: A top militant of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit, who planned to carry out a repeat of December 13 attack on Parliament and target India Gate and Mumbai bourse, was killed in an encounter with Uttar Pradesh police in adjoing township of Noida in the wee hours of...
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Is Trishul Missile being shelved?
New Delhi, (PTI), March 12: Is the programme of surface-to-air Trishul missile, one of the five missiles being developed by Defence Resarch and Development Orgnaisation, being shelved? Defence Minister George Fernandes today appeared to indicate that in Rajya Sabha when he said Trishul missile had...
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